If you’re reading this then it’s a fair assumption that you have braces and very soon they’ll be removed. On average people will have orthodontic treatment for eighteen months, and with the removal of braces comes questions about the process and what to expect.
As a young person with braces, these questions can cause some worry and anxiety, which is why we’re going to answer some of the most common questions on what is it like to have your braces removed.
What will happen on the day?
Typically your final visit to our orthodontist in Hertfordshire will be like any of your previous check-ups. More often than not you would have been informed at your last appointment that your braces will be removed on your following visit. Read more on braces.
Getting your braces removed is less complicated than you might expect. The process involves removing the wires and brackets from your teeth, this is the quick bit. Afterwards, your orthodontist will remove whatever excess glue remains on your teeth, before being taken to have a mould of your teeth for a retainer, which will help in keeping your teeth straight.
Will it hurt?
In short, no.
When your braces are being removed you’ll feel some pressure when the brackets are taken off, but it won’t hurt.
You’ve had your braces on for a year or more, it’s going to feel very different. You’re used to having the metal brackets on your teeth and once they’re removed you become aware of how empty your mouth is; you’ll also have increased sensitivity and tenderness which will go away, but be careful with what you eat during the next couple of days.
We previously mentioned retainers, this is part of the package and something you’ll be required to wear up to a year or longer and are used to hold your teeth in their new position. While wearing a retainer your orthodontist will want to see you at least twice a year to make sure everything is as it should be.
The most important thing to remember on the day is to relax. You have nothing to worry about and your orthodontist will guide you through the rest.